The European Commission has recently released its analysis of the Horizon Europe Strategic Plan 2025-2027, which offers an understanding of the current status of research and innovation in the European Union. It evaluates what changes would be required in light of the first Horizon Europe Strategic Plan 2021-2024. The information provided in the document is based upon the views provided by respondents to a consultation launched at the end of 2022. The Horizon Europe Strategic Plan 2025-2027 Analysis will underpin the development of the Horizon Europe Strategic Plan 2025-2027.
The report includes access to water resources as one of the key challenges to be addressed in the next 10 years. Respondents highlighted the need for more research and innovation for the protection and restoration of natural capital, circular economy and zero pollution, the modernisation of infrastructures, and sustainable and resilient agriculture, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture, and food and water systems. Respondents also call for a holistic multisectoral and multidimensional approach to identify options where actors and sectors can work in synergy to identify win-win solutions and possible trade-offs considering the multiple challenges at stake.